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Today’s News - Friday, March 19, 2010

•   Q&A with Yeang: there is more to green design than "stuffing buildings with ecogadgetry or getting a certification."

•   BOMA International extends green challenge to industry suppliers.

•   Dillon on a Dallas park that's more "more hodgepodge than urban escape": everyone loves the Winspear and Wyly, but with a "Parisian no-show," there's a "predictable loss of focus and continuity."

•   SOM tapped to continue its work on Moynihan Station Phase 1 (the saga continues).

•   Montreal picked "a practical green building...over more whimsical concepts" for its new planetarium.

•   A filmmaker finds Detroit a city in terminal decline - but also uncovers reasons for hope: "we discovered, to our surprise, an irrepressible positivity in the city."

•   Members of Congress are still getting lost in the Capitol Visitor Center - and let the Architect of the Capitol know "albeit in a good-natured way" (and he wants how much moolah for his budget?).

•   Lots of weekend diversions:

•   DC Environmental Film Festival includes world premiere of "A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome" (we've seen it - it's a fascinating though sad tale).

•   "Citizen Architect" profiles Mockbee and the humble origins of socially-responsible design: "it's important to remember where it all started."

•   Director defends "The Art of the Steal: The Untold Story of the Barnes Foundation," has attracted criticism for being too one-sided.

•   A new play that pits a promising American architect against the Minister of Culture of a Middle Eastern country is "a consuming character study" (one wants to build something monumental, the other wants a gazebo for his garden).

•   Davidson on MoMA's "Rising Currents": it's "a tour de force of visionary pragmatism...proposals seem quixotic and expensive, but consider the reality."

•   Snøhetta at NYC's Scandinavia House shows the firm's "emphasis on nature, landscape, social consciousness, and teamwork."

•   Yale trip: Russell and Dickson are both intrigued by "Eero Saarinen, Shaping the Future": "he wasn't putting a new wrapper on the same old box. He was reinventing the box" in "an extraordinary exhibit."

•   In "Compass and Rule," also at Yale, "mathematics is the unsung hero," making it "a lot more arcane and sometimes a bit turgid."

•   Hawthorne on L.A.'s busy season of intersections between architecture and photography (why is Rudolph's work so "tough to love"?).

•   Also in L.A., Lubell finds "Fat Fringe" "origami on steroids."

•   In Richmond, VA, "Glass Ceilings" puts early women architects front and center.

•   In Paris, "Animal Architecture" explores the intersection between architecture and the natural world (links to great Q&A between Arsham and Viladas).

•   In Bangkok, "Architecture Without Paper 2010" has architects saying "no paper, no problem."

•   Page turners: Maki's "Nurturing Dreams" is "lucid and highly readable" - essays by an accomplished architect "is a rare thing"; Ban's "1985

•  2007" is "refreshingly devoid of the marketing aroma that too often spoils the contemporary architectural monograph."

•   Stratigakos's "A Women's Berlin" explores a time when women were defying convention: "the problem was there was no architecture to go along with their lives," so they set about creating a metropolis of their own.

•   Brussat cheers "Yankee Modern": the houses "are quite delightful, several of them superlatively so...they certainly are not modernist. Bravo to them!"

•   Glancey goes in search of the world's best offices, and finds some in ""I Wish I Worked There!"

•   Walker on Shubin + Donaldson tome of workspaces that inspire creativity.

•   Q&A with Weeks re: "Interior Design in Practice" and what it takes to be successful: "Passion and practicality."


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